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Whether it’s the country’s heroic version of Prometheus, Amirani, or Jason’s trials with the Golden Fleece, the advent of Christianity did next to nothing to dampen the myths, legends and Slavic folklore tales recounted on Georgia holidays. New Shuamta Nunnery, Alaverdi Church and Davit Gareja Monastery and caves all hold their own fascinating stories, whilst Stalin’s birthplace and museum in Gori offers an authentic glimpse of life back in the USSR.
The idea that Georgia invented wine is an appealing one and visits to the wine growing region of Kakheti will more than extol the virtues of the ancient winemaking method of Kvevri as well as a semi-sweet Saperavi or dry deep red Mukuzani. Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Kazbegi, in the High Caucasus, provide an excellent starting point for cultural discovery tours with stone watchtowers, medieval monasteries and perilously positioned places of worship all adding to an eclectic itinerary where religion meets mountains.
Meet the neighbours. Exploring the Southern Caucasus needn’t stop at the border. If you get the chance to tiptoe into Armenia and Azerbaijan you’ll be treated to some of the former Soviet Union’s most revered cultural and spiritual centres, including the Erebuni Fortress and Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Armenia and Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, and the stone age rock paintings in Gobustan National Park.